Harriett Baldwin MP Celebrates British Engineering as she opens the SmartAct Factory

Harriett Baldwin MP Celebrates British Engineering as she opens the SmartAct Factory
Harriett Baldwin MP cutting red ribbon at Smart Actuator Company
The Smart Actuator Company welcome Harriett Baldwin MP to cut the red ribbon to officially open the new factory on Spring lane, Malvern, Worcestershire.

One of the fastest growing Engineering Manufacturing companies in the Midlands The Smart Actuator Company (SmartAct) is a real success story. On Friday 27th January the company was delighted to welcome Harriett Baldwin MP, Under Secretary of State for Defence Procurement, to officially open their factory at Advantage Business Park in Spring Lane, Malvern.

MP Harriett Baldwin was one of the first people to see a demonstration of their Patented RIFT Technology in 2011 when the company began operating from a private house in Malvern Wells with just 3 people. From this humble start The Smart Actuator Company is now one of the fastest growing businesses in Worcestershire and has 16 people in their team.

The move to the new site gives The Smart Actuator Company the capability to expand production to meet growing demand.

Upon arrival. Harriett Baldwin MP cut the red ribbon at the front office and reception door before proceeding on a tour of the new factory.  Harriet became the first person to officially sign the visitor book.

Harriett Baldwin MP signs the official visitor book at The Smart Actuator Company
Harriett Baldwin MP signs the official visitor book at The Smart Actuator Company

Harriett viewed the process involved in assembling and testing the SmartAct Actuators, and met a range of the skilled team who work to make the Smart Actuator Company a success.

SmartAct began by developing a new range of highly energy efficient actuators, or motorised valves. Now it is working on projects to extend the technology in to different applications which include traction drives for electric and hybrid vehicles as well as a range of electricity generators.

James O'Donnell talks to harriett Baldwin Mp about the SmartAct Electric Actuator
James O’Donnell talks to Harriett Baldwin MP about the SmartAct Electric Actuator

James O’Donnell, who accompanied Harriett on her tour, and is the SmartAct MD said, ‘Our team of people owe Harriett a big thank you for finding the time to come along and support us today. This is just the next step for us; we plan to invest up to £9 Million to build a brand-new, state of the art factory and Research & Development Centre in Malvern over the next few years. Hopefully, we can do that here on the Advantage Business Park but if not then we have two or three other sites as possibilities in the Malvern area.’

James O'Donnell, Tony O'Donnell & Harriet Baldwin MP
James O’Donnell, Tony O’Donnell & Harriet Baldwin MP

Harriett Baldwin said, ‘This is another success story for a Worcestershire business which has brought new products to market based on game changing technology. Their continued success means more jobs and prosperity for our local community and I will continue to support them in whatever way I can in the future’

Most of the current SmartAct products are exported and this is likely to be the same for any new products looking forwards. We work closely with The Department of International Trade, local Chamber of Commerce and the British Valve and Actuator Association to ensure success internationally, nationally and locally.

The secret to the success of the SmartAct product range is collaboration with the right people and organisations as well as great technology. The core technology is lightweight, uses much lower levels of raw materials, is massively more energy efficient and reduces the carbon footprint by up to 75% compared to traditional designs for motors and generators. This means that we have both a great technologically up to date smart product that is also very environmentally friendly.

Tonya O'Donnell, James O'Donnell, Harriett Baldwin, Chris O'Donnell & Tony O'Donnell.
Tonya O’Donnell, James O’Donnell, Harriett Baldwin, Chris O’Donnell & Tony O’Donnell.

 

Merry Christmas from the SmartAct Company Team

Merry Christmas from the SmartAct Company Team
The Smart Actuator Team get into the festive spirit.
The Smart Actuator Team get into the festive spirit.
An engineers idea of a perfect Christmas Jumper.
An engineers idea of a perfect Christmas Jumper.

Great to see the team getting into the Christmas spirit. You have to love a good Christmas fun jumper. After a really great successful year the team deserve a day out at the Annual Christmas party. The Christmas jumpers were optional but it’s fabulous to see everyone really embracing the positive energy at the moment and the fun of Christmas with a fun display of tacky attire. Wishing all our distribution partners, customers and fans a wonderful Christmas and Good tidings for 2017. It will be a great year.

On a side note our company Inventor / Technical Director James O’Donnell showed us a perfect example of what happens when an engineer buys a Christmas Jumper !!

Successful Exhibition at ValveWorld Dusseldorf 2016

Successful Exhibition at ValveWorld Dusseldorf 2016

The Smart Actuator Company team celebrated a successful exhibit and event at ValveWorld Expo 2016 in Dusseldorf.

Smart Actuator Team celebrate great event at ValveWorld Expo 2016 in Dusseldorf
Smart Actuator Team celebrate great event at ValveWorld Expo 2016 in Dusseldorf

Whether you are an exhibitor or a visitor, trade fairs and consumer shows are great places to network and forge good business relationships. One of our industry largest exhibitions is ValveWorld. ValveWorld Expo takes places every other year in Dusseldorf Germany. In between there is also a ValveWorld America Expo as well as an Inonesian Expo. This is the second time we have attended ValveWorld in Dusseldorf and each year we get better at both organising our exhibition, collecting and capturing leads and ensuring we have a successful exhibition experience. This year we used MyFairTool as a lead capture program which enabled us to instantly capture the information of our visitors and email them to say thank you for visiting our stand as well as give a contact for future correspondence.

As well as making new connections which we hope to do future business with we were also able to launch a new product. If you have a new product and you want to promote it this is the perfect time. We introduced the Small 0 – 40 Nm Electric Actuator featured both on our stand and at our launch event.

The Small 0 - 40 Nm Electric Actuator
The Small 0 – 40 Nm Electric Actuator

We also featured the subsea large Electric Actuator which was on display in it’s water tank for full effect. For full product information of any of our Electric Actuator’s please visit our download page where you can download a pdf Data Sheet Brochure or see our product page for more information.

Valve World – Dusseldorf

Valve World – Dusseldorf

VW16-smallWe will be joining the BVAA at Valve World in Dusseldorf where we will Launch our new Small size 0-40Nm Smart Actuator and be showing our Sub Sea Unit.

It’s been all go in our offices getting stand material ready for the show and of course organising our Launch Reception for the evening of November 30th.

The Reception is being hosted by the British Consulate in Dusseldorf. Susan Speller the Consul General will be guest speaker at the event where there will be a nice buffet and a short presentation.

Samples showing the small Actuator will be there as well in multi colours demonstrating different materials they can be produced from. We are working to get the Sub Sea british-consulate-dusseldorf Actuator  Exhibition ready at the moment and hope to have a working model actually sat in water.

There will be 5 of us there at different times ready to talk to visitors and make new connections. Of course we also hope to get to see some of the sights of Dusseldorf as well but to be able to be part of the BVAA exhibition at Valve World again is exciting for all of us at The Smart Actuator Company. Please do come and see us if you are there at the show.

 

Getting Ready for Valve World Dusseldorf

Getting Ready for Valve World Dusseldorf
Valve World Expo Dusseldorf
Valve World Expo Dusseldorf

Valve World Dusseldorf is one of the Worlds largest trade shows for the Valve and Actuator Industry. The world of specialists meets in Düsseldorf at the most important international trade fair for valves and industrial valves.The location is the Messe Dusseldorf which is a huge exhibition centre in Dusseldorf hosting 19 Halls. We will be in Hall 4 on Stand C

It has been super busy in our offices making sure we are ready. Tickets for travel, hotel accommodation booked, stand organised and staff all ready. Sounds easy doesn’t it but the logistics of making sure we were ready has involved a lot of work from various members of staff. We have relaunched our website to ensure it is mobile friendly, updated our marketing material and re branded our company logo.

So far deliveries of new printed material have been arriving at our offices amid much excitement from team. We all look forward to seeing tjem on display next week.

Centre stage will be our Sub Sea Actuator in it’s fish tank which we know will get lot’s of attention.

VW16-smallThe lads in our machine shop and technical team have worked hard to create a stand to display our units which will travel to Dusseldorf with our Operations Director in the company van.

Four of our Directors will be on hand during the 3 days at the event (29th November to 1st December) to talk to anyone who would like information and gather contact information.

We have our own hashtag for the Expo so if you do visit us please do take photo’s and share them on social media with the hashtag #SmartActVW16.

We are also excited to be hosting an event on Wednesday 30th November in collaboration with the British Consulate in Germany. Susan Speller the British Consul General in Dusseldorf is our guest speaker at the event which will be in Room 28 (between Halls 1 and 3). This event is by invitation only but should anyone be interested in attending please speak to one of the Directors before hand or at the event about getting an invitation.

 

BVAA AGM Stapleford Park

BVAA AGM Stapleford Park
BVAA AGM Stapleford Park
BVAA AGM Stapleford Park

We are proud members of the British Valve and Actuator Association (BVAA) and attended this years BVAA Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Stapleford Park.

20161118_102825The venue was amazing. Stapleford Park is a simply stunning building set in the most idyllic English Countryside setting. You simply look out the front door to see cows, sheep and rolling green fields. A perfect place to attend a conference.

The guest speakers were inspirational and information. Best quotes of the day were “Rise early, work late, find oil” and “You can’t make a better tomorrow by trying to return to the past ” . Declan Curry gave a very funny sartorial talk on economy and politics. Clearly a smart funny man.

The dinner dance was also good fun, nice to meet lots of the BVAA staff and some of the industry experts that we work with.

Sub Sea Actuator gets exhibition ready

Sub Sea Actuator gets exhibition ready

Exciting times for us at The Smart Actuator Company as we gear up to go to Valve World in Dusseldorf later this month. We are all busy getting brochures & stand graphics etc ready as well as ensuring the invitations go out to our Launch Reception on Nov 30th.

One of the other things that is getting exhibition ready is our Sub Sea Actuator. We have created a purpose built display to show it working in water inside a fish tank. It is mounted on a KSB Boax B Butterfly Valve.  Our stand graphics will show the Sub Sea Unit too which is very exciting. They are being created specially for Valve World.

 

Finalists for Chamber of Business Awards 2016

Finalists for Chamber of Business Awards 2016
Finalist for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber Business Awards 2016 - Best Use of Technology
Finalist for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber Business Awards 2016 – Best Use of Technology

We have been listed as a Finalist for Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber Business Awards 2016 in the category for Best Use of Technology. It’s great to see our company continue on its mission to introduce our world beating technology to the world. We are all very proud of the technology behind the Rift Driven electric motor and it’s application within the Smart Part Turn or Multi Turn Electric Actuator.

The whole team will be attending the awards ceremony so we have a table of 10 for the team. New suits / dresses and all dressed up we all hope that it will be another celebration night for us on our journey with this company. To be honest being a finalist is an accolade of it’s own and we will enjoy the ceremony anyway – but secretly we will be hoping to win of course. The ceremony is 9th June so wish us luck.

Attended Business Breakthrough Seminars with Santander in Birmingham

Attended Business Breakthrough Seminars with Santander in Birmingham

CiLLaTaXIAA_cAtWe took time out this week to attend two seminars with Santander Bank. Always looking for ways to expand our business knowledge it was #interesting and worthwhile to attend the Twitter Masterclass with guest speaker from twitter UK. Then the next day a talk about achieving sustainable and profitable growth in business. We aim to grow and expand in the future are realise that knowledge is one of the key’s to success.

Using Social Media within business is a relatively new thing but increasingly it is becoming a great way to gain contacts, knowledge and inform our customers and partners about our business. So now we have had our Masterclass and know all about #hashtags and @handles watch out for all our informative tweets.